Youth Violence Prevention
Next week, the National Association of Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE) will be promoting National Youth Violence Prevention Week –March 23-27 to raise awareness and to educate students, teachers, school administrators, counselors, school resource officers, school staff, parents and the public on effective ways to prevent or reduce youth violence. Each day of the week will highlight a specific challenge to prevent youth violence, and the challenges highlighted for 2015 were proposed by SAVE's Youth Advisory Board. They include:
Day 1: Promote Respect and Tolerance
Day 2: Manage Your Anger, Don't Let It Manage You!
Day 3: Resolve Conflicts Peacefully
Day 4: Support Safety
Day 5: Unite in Action
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
* Youth violence in the
* On average, 1,642 young people 10
to 24 years old had physical assault injuries treated in U.S. emergency
* Seventy percent of young people say they have seen bullying in their schools.
* Only about 20 to 30 percent of students who are bullied notify adults.
All of us who have young people in our lives should use this opportunity to encourage them to be civic minded and to let them know that they can play a positive role in making our community safer.
March 20 – Downtown Chili Cook Off, Christ Church Cathedral,
The Second Annual
Downtown Chili Cook-off will take place this Friday from to at
Christ Church Cathedral,
March 20 – Third Friday Party, Third Degree Glass Factory,
Invite your family and friends to join you at Third Degree Glass Factory this Friday for the monthly Third Friday Party.Visitors may watch fire spinning, make crafts and enjoy pizza from @pistl. The fun will start at at 5200 Delmar in the trendy Central West End neighborhood. For more details, visit the thirddegreeglassfactory.com web site.
Mar. 20 – Fish Fry Friday
A number of churches and organizations are holding Fish Fries on the Fridays during Lent. This week I want to spotlight:
Our Lady of Sorrows Parish,
March 20 – 21 – NCAA Wrestling Championships – Session 2, Scottrade Center, times vary
Approximately 2,438 student-athletes competed all season long for the opportunity to advance to the 2015 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in St. Louis taking place now through Saturday at Scottrade Center located at 1401 Clark Avenue in exciting Downtown St. Louis. Three hundred and thirty of the nation's best wrestlers are competing to win the title of National Champion. For more information, visit the ncaa.com website.
March 21 – Confluence Trash Bash, various locations,
Volunteers are needed this Saturday for the Seventh Annual Confluence Trash Bash, a region-wide clean-up effort to remove trash and litter threatening area streams and rivers. This year, for the first time, Brightside St. Louis and the City of St. Louis will take part in the clean-up and we are excited to show the region what we can accomplish. Lunch will be provided and prizes will be awarded to volunteers who find the biggest, weirdest and most expensive trash. So gather your friends and clean up St. Louis! Register at http://www.greenwaynetwork.org/projects-issues/condluence-trash-bash.php
March 21 – St. Louis Museum Stores Garage Sale, The Living World at the Saint Louis Zoo,
If you are looking for almost-one-of-a-kind items such as clothing, artwork, toys, souvenirs and more, then make plans now to stop by the St. Louis Museum Stores Garage Sale this Saturday at The Living World at the St. Louis Zoo in Forest Park. The list of participating museum gift shops includes Campbell House, Eugene Field House, Humane Society of Missouri, the Museum Store Under the Gateway Arch, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, the St. Louis Art Museum and, of course, the Zoo. Everything will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. All the merchandise is new. Admission to both the zoo and garage sale are free. For more information, call (314) 781-0900 ext. 4779 or visit the stlzoo.org web site.
POSTPONED UNTIL AUGUST 2015 - March 21 – Color DASH, The Grove,
The world's brightest 5K run will take place this Saturday in The Grove. Invite your family and friends to join you for the Color DASH, which covers participants in a spectrum of colors as they run along the route to the finish line. Ten percent of every registration will benefit the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and the work they do in the community. Need more information? Go to http://newcolordash5k.ticketmob.com or email Brianna.Behlman@cbsradio.com.
March 21 – Spaghetti Dinner, Union United Methodist Church,
The Volunteers in Mission Team at Union
March 21 -- The Best Trivia Night in St. Louis, German Cultural Society Hall,
The German Cultural Society Youth Group will hold its Ninth
Annual Best Trivia Nite in St. Louis
this Saturday beginning at at
the Society Hall at
March 22 – Family Fun Day, Scott Joplin House,
March is the month when the air is just right to fly a
kit. Join Scott Joplin House and
March 26 – Spring Bling Party, Moulin,
Kingdom House will host its Third Annual Spring Bling party and auction on Thursday, March 26
from to at Moulin, 2017 Chouteau, in historic
Save the Date
March 27 – Business Diversity Forum, Lambert Airport, to
March 28, -- 2015 St. Louis Undy Run/Walk, Upper Muny Parking Lot in Forest Park, 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
March 28 – Fight for Air Climb 2015,
March 28 – 20th Annual Egg Hunt, Lindenwood Park,
March 29 – Gateway Arch Riverboat Cruises,
April 1 – 9th Annual Fair Housing Month Kick Off Celebration, O'Fallon Recreation Center,
Promoting Your Neighborhood Activities
Is there a neighborhood event on the schedule that you would like noted in the Spotlight? If so, you may email the information about it to me at GrayR@stlouis-mo.gov or to Cathy Smentkowski at firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration. You may also post it on the City's Calendar of Events on the City's web site: http://stlouis-mo.gov. The link to submit an event is at the very bottom of the home page. The listing is free. I encourage you to take advantage of this free way to promote your event.
Are You Ranken Material?
Ranken Technical College will hold its annual Spring Open House this Saturday from to The annual event is the perfect opportunity for prospective students to find their place on campus, meet instructors, tour the college's new state-of-the-art shops and labs and meet other incoming students. Go to ranken.edu/springopenhouse to learn more and to enter to win a $1,000 scholarship.
Col. Richard Gray
Director of Public Safety
City of St. Louis
Department of Public Safety
Children and Teens Activities
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